At The Merchant Hotel we are constantly refining and improving our offering to guests. Needless to say our choice of Champagnes is carefully considered; so it was with great pleasure that we introduced Ruinart Champagne as our new house Champagne late last year.
Ruinart - the world’s oldest Champagne was first established in 1729 by Nicolas Ruinart, a draper by trade. His first account ledger devoted to "wine with bubbles" on September 1, 1729 serves as the birth certificate for the first Champagne House ever created.
In terms of its taste, the Chardonnay grape is the very heart of Ruinart, which creates a bright, intense and elegant Champagne. The delicate, fragile Chardonnay only displays the full breadth of its aromatic richness however, after a slow maturation in the coolness of the Ruinart Crayères (chalk cellars): up to 3 years for non-vintage wines, and 9 to 10 years for a Dom Ruinart. A vibrant, clear yellow colour with golden reflection, at first the nose is delicate, fresh and fruity, filled with white-fleshed fruits (pears, Bosc apples), apricots, as well as hazelnuts and fresh almonds. Several floral and spicy notes add an extra hint of complexity.
We think you’ll agree that Ruinart makes a worthy addition to our portfolio of fine wines.
RUINART TASTING NOTES
A vibrant, clear yellow colour with golden reflections. Good brilliance with sustained effervescence and a very persistent foam.
At first the nose is delicate, fresh and fruity, filled with white-fleshed fruits (pears, Bosc apples), apricots, as well as hazelnuts and fresh almonds. Several floral and spicy notes add an extra hint of complexity.
The second nose reveals superb olfactory intensity on a more biscuity, brioche-like base.
Frank and direct attack on the palate. A balanced wine, rounded and full-bodied, with an attack scented with ripe fruits (greengages and nectarines). The finish is long, the well-integrated dosage giving way to the characteristic freshness of the Chardonnay, which makes up most of the blend.